Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Tri-State (IA, WI, IL) area
I had an experience like that at my last show, but it didn't end quite as well... 2-Pak's first time under saddle in a show, and a couple kids decided to run across the aluminum bleachers shooting water guns. I'm not sure if it was the noise or the water that hit his hindquarters, but 2-Pak flipped out, and I just barely got him off the rail and away from the other horses as he started doing a very impressive imitation of a bucking bronc.
He's a pretty spooky horse to begin with, but I had him all desensitized to the sights and sounds pre-show, best I could.
Then, several classes later, I spotted those exact same kids nearing the fenceline as I trotted out Bandit in his halter class. They ran around with their water guns again, but fortunately didn't disturb any horses this time.